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02 March, 2014

Introducing Hand Made Markets for 2014 - Artisans

Curator of our Hand Made Markets and creator of Little Dandelion Jacqui Fink introduces us to the group of creative women whose work she has chosen for our first Hand Made Market for 2014.

After two successful Hand Made Markets in 2013 and the wonderful feedback we received from you, our audience, I am very pleased to announce that Temple & Webster is making the series a bi-monthly feature on their site. Hand made is a dynamic and creative segment of the Australian homewares market, and so it is exciting for all that Temple & Webster is throwing its considerable weight behind it. For buyers, hand made represents a unique opportunity to connect with the humanity and creative energy of the maker. For the makers, their work represents so much more than a means to an end. It is not a folly nor a fad: hand made is quite simply a way of being for makers and it is their joy as much as it is their solace. This year the Hand Made Markets will have a themed editorial focus, with our first market entitled "Artisans". For this market, I have pulled together an eclectic group of artisans who are specialists in their chosen creative fields. Some of their hand made offerings are very hard to come by and others have been created purely for this Hand Made Market, so it is with absolute admiration and respect to the makers that I present them to you. Enjoy!

Beth-Emily is a young Australian illustrator and artist adept at capturing fleeting moments of our flora, fauna and landscapes. Deeply influenced by her wilderness origins of southern Tasmania, Beth-Emily's work is intricate, delicate and wistful and her colour palette sensitive and beautiful.

Beth-Emily's background in visual communication and print making has enabled her to also fuse her illustrations with abstract and tactile imagery and she is in demand for both private and commercial commissions.

As someone who cannot draw, I find Beth-Emily's technical proficiency mesmerising. But it is her artistry that I find completely spell binding. As they say, the girl's got talent!

Follow Beth-Emily @bethemily

Lisa Tilse from The Red Thread
Lisa Tilse is the epitome of a craftrepreneur – there is nothing Lisa cannot design and then craft with her clever hands. Nothing!

Lisa is also the writer of the enormously successful blog The Red Thread – a platform on which she shares her considerable craft knowledge as well as providing exposure for other makers.

To her great credit, Lisa also recently published the first issue of her digital magazine, Scout, which is filled with beautiful photography, crafty tutorials, printables, inspirational finds and yummy recipes. This dedicated, multi-faceted, talented woman is an inspiration to me.

Follow Lisa @we_are_scout_lisa

Kylie Johnson from Paper Boat Press
Kylie Johnson is the fascinating maker behind the boutique ceramic studio Paper Boat Press in Brisbane. Formally trained in visual arts and film, Kylie has four poetry books to her name and her work, in all its varied forms, now sells in over 80 stores around the world.

Kylie's range includes ceramic ornaments, jewellery, functional vessels and original illustrations, most of which are imprinted with Kylie's letterpressed words.

Kylie creates because she "can't not". She loves the power of words. In her words, "the simplicity of a small collection of them, carefully constructed, beautifully displayed and humble amongst the noise of the world is my goal… little things, beautiful and thought provoking…".

Follow Kylie @paperboatpress

Alison Fraser from Slab and Slub
Alison Fraser is the beautifully demure creative behind Slab and Slub for which she handcrafts utilitarian ceramics and exquisite textiles using raw linens and natural dyes. For Alison, handmade is as instinctive as breathing.

Whilst always beautiful, the outcomes of Alison's unique and intuitive practice are highly unpredictable and so requires an ability to surrender to the creative process, which takes tremendous humility and dedication.

As Alison's says, "You have to accept what the vat or the kiln gods have given you…you only have one shot at it and there is beauty in that." Alison's creations are asymmetrical, earthy, raw and textural: an example of wabi-sabi at its best.

Follow Alison @slabandslubalisonfraser

Georgina Brown - Brydie Brown
Georgina Brown is the gorgeous creative spirit behind the brand Brydie Brown. While living in the US for five years, Georg discovered a grand passion for vintage textiles. This passion curiously morphed into a equally grand passion for paper maiche. Luckily for us, Georg merged the two and now creates exquisite paper maiche forms, namely bowls, covered in vintage textiles.

Every facet of Georg's process is made by hand so each piece is unique. Georg finds that she completely loses herself in her process "never sure of what the end result will become." Her pieces are highly prized by our leading interior stylists.

Kenya Peterson
Well, the apple truly does not fall far from the tree. Kenya is the 14 year old daughter of Georgina Brown and is without a doubt a child prodigy when it comes to art.

Encouraged always by her mother and inspired by an excellent art teacher in the States, this unassuming young woman constructs and then paints incredibly delicate straw sculptures like they were child's play.

Kenya's work is highly intuitive and, like her clever Mum, she doesn't overthink her creative process. It's difficult for Kenya to take time out of her schooling to make her pieces so the sculptures created for our Artisan Market are greatly appreciated. Thank you sweet girl.

Gemma Patford
Gemma Patford is a dynamic designer and maker of hand painted rope vessels and baskets. Gemma dabbled in numerous design orientated pursuits before settling on her self-taught and vibrant technique.

Her creations are now showcased in retail stores all over the world. Gemma also runs creative workshops where she shares her ample creative skills and has been involved in many wonderful collaborations.

More recently, Gemma created a special piece for Megan Morton's installation at the National Gallery of Australia's Gold and the Incas exhibition. Her work also frequently graces the pages of interior magazines and blogs.

Follow Gemma @gemmapatford

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